Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Kidney takes time after Quinlan shock

Ireland have delayed their team announcement for Saturday’s clash with Argentina at Croke Park by 48 hours.

Head coach Declan Kidney will announce an enlarged squad at lunchtime tomorrow before unveiling his starting line-up on Thursday morning.

Kidney’s hand has been forced by injury - most notably the dead legs sustained by Paul O’Connell and Rory Best in Saturday’s 22-3 defeat by New Zealand.

Alan Quinlan’s citing for stamping has further complicated matters with the Munster back row appearing before a disciplinary hearing this week.

Argentina captain Felipe Contepomi will miss the weekend Test against Ireland because of an infection.

"Felipe Contepomi is suffering from an infection as a result of a cut on his right hand," said Pumas doctor Guillermo Botto.

"Because of this infection, he underwent a drainage and cleaning at St Vincent’s University Hospital.”